Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Altın Fıçi Mercan

    $ | Princes Islands | Turkish

    This cluster of small tables under a spreading tree not far from the ferry dock is a friendly place to have an inexpensive meal of grilled meat...Read More

  • 2. Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Just off the main road between Çemberlitaş and the Grand Bazaar, the courtyard of this café has a tea and water pipe garden that is quite an...Read More

  • 3. Doy-Doy

    $ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    Doy-doy is a Turkish expression for "full" and, unlike many other places in tourist-filled Sultanahmet, you can indeed fill up for a reasonable...Read More

  • 4. Fes Café

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Café

    Squeezed into a former market stall in the heart of the Grand Bazaar, the small kitchen at Fes Café turns out simple sandwiches, salads, excellent...Read More

  • 5. Fıccın

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    Occupying a number of rooms and storefronts on both sides of narrow Kallavi Sokak, this down-to-earth restaurant is best known for Turkish standards...Read More

  • 6. Forno

    $ | Western Districts | Turkish

    Part of a new wave of small cafés, craft shops, restaurants, and antiques dealers popping up in the atmospheric but long-neglected neighborhood...Read More

  • 7. Hala Mantı

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    As its name suggests, this restaurant on a side street not far from İstiklal Caddesi specializes in ravioli-like mantı, small pockets of pasta...Read More

  • 8. Hatay Antakya Mutfağı

    $ | Besiktas | Turkish

    This tiny restaurant turns out dishes with big flavors from Turkey’s southeast: spicy kebabs (including regional specialities like Arap kebabı...Read More

  • 9. Hayvore

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    This informal restaurant just off İstiklal Caddesi turns out hearty specialties of Turkey's Black Sea at very affordable prices. There's no...Read More

  • 10. Helvetia

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    The menu at Helvetia changes daily but there are always at least a dozen home-cooked dishes on offer at this very affordable restaurant. They...Read More

  • 11. Mandabatmaz

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    On a tiny alleyway off İstiklal Caddesi, Mandabatmaz makes what many regard as the thickest, tastiest Turkish coffee in Istanbul—indeed, the...Read More

  • 12. Mini Dondurma

    $ | Bosphorus

    This tiny ice cream shop on Bebek's main street has repeatedly been rated the best in town since it opened back in 1968. Their 22 flavors include...Read More

  • 13. Pierre Loti Cafe

    $ | Western Districts | Turkish

    With its sublime view up the Golden Horn toward Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace, the Pierre Loti Cafe is a favorite with both visitors and locals...Read More

  • 14. Tarihi Çeşme Restaurant

    $ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    Just a short walk from the area's major tourist attractions, Tarihi Çeşme is a rare find in Sultanahmet, offering good food at very reasonable...Read More

  • 15. Tarihi Subaşı Lokantası

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Hidden away down an unpromising-looking side street near the Sirkeci tram stop, this friendly lokanta (a hotel also offering food) has been...Read More

  • 16. Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

    $ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    Like pizza for New Yorkers, humble köfte (grilled meatballs) inspire countless arguments among Istanbullus about who makes the best. Some...Read More

  • 17. Vefa Bozacısı

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Popular in the Ottoman era, boza is a mildly alcoholic drink (about 1%) made from fermented millet, water, and sugar. As thick as applesauce...Read More

  • 18. Borsa Lokantası

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    This simple spot is part of a small chain of self-service, cafeteria-style eateries that has been in business since 1927 and it continues to...Read More

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